I could not be more thrilled that the Biden-Harris Administration has announced an intention to create a National Center for Epidemic Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics @dylanbgeorge 1/ whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/…
@dylanbgeorge This idea has a long history, with dozens of brilliant scientists, policymakers and innovators behind the wheel, including many who roll up their sleeves every day to make sure our leaders have what they need to fight outbreaks effectively @dylanbgeorge 2/
But they shouldn’t have to self-organize or do this on a volunteer basis. We need a standing capability that can advance the science by creating and improve epidemic models and outbreak analytics… @dylanbgeorge 3/
and when there is a crisis – which happens most years – we need experts in the room when decisions are being made, with the information, forecasts, and analyses on hand to ensure those decisions are they best they can be. @dylanbgeorge 4/
The next big puzzle piece is funding. The President has emphasized the need to find genomic surveillance, and outbreak analytics in his supplemental budget request. We need to invest in our nation’s pandemic preparedness, including this center. @dylanbgeorge 5/
I cannot wait to see how this unfolds, and I am excited that the inimitable @BethCameron_DC will be overseeing this effort. She is a fantastic leader, and we are all lucky she is back in the White House. @dylanbgeorge 6/6

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